For more information, call the phone number or use the e-mail address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication.
OKLAHOMA IRIS SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Friday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Hybridizer Hugh Stout of Stout Gardens at Dancingtree will present a digital program on the April 2014 American Iris Society National Convention held in Dallas.
MADE IN THE SHADE GARDENING WORKSHOP, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cleveland County Cooperative Extension Service, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson, Norman. If you have shaded garden beds, it may be time to refresh your memory on the best way to tackle them. Dr. Pat Hardre will present “Rethinking Shade Gardening in Oklahoma: Issues, Strategies & Favorites.” Free. Call 321-4774. Sponsored by the Cleveland County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
JR. MASTER GARDENER CLASS, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 12 and 21, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Youths ages 8 to 11 can learn about the many things gardening has to offer through this hands-on workshop. Class is offered June 12 or June 21 and is limited to 20. Pre-registration is due by June 10. Call 713-1125.
THIRD THURSDAY GARDENING: GREAT PLANTS FOR OKLAHOMA, 6 to 7 p.m. June 19 at Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Free. Call 713-1125.
FESTIVAL IN THE PARK, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Enjoy a garden festival beneath the trees of one of Oklahoma City’s oldest parks.
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BONSAI SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and noon to 5 p.m. June 8, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Daily demonstrations. Sales and bazaar area.
DAYLILY SHOW AND SALE, 1 to 4 p.m. June 14, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36, presented by the Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society. Call 321-4170 or 550-7632.
SPLENDOR IN THE GARDENS, June 19, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Evening will include a VIP sponsor reception, followed by a farm-to-table feast served at on the Great Lawn. Drinks and dancing will follow dinner. Sponsorships are available for $500 per couple. Individual tickets available. Call 297-3995.
EDMOND FARMER’S MARKET, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October, Wednesday Markets including Junior Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 13, Festival Market Place, 26 W First.
MIDTOWN MARKET AT SAINTS, 1 p.m. to sunset, Fridays through October, northeast corner of NW 9 and Walker. Operated by Urban Agrarian.
OSU-OKC MARKET, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturdays year round, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland.
NORMAN FARM MARKET, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E. Robinson, Norman.
What's in a name? Design history
Q: We just toured a designer show house, and I have a question: What is a “drawing room”? This one was done up like an elegant living room, no arts and crafts materials at all. Why “drawing” room?
A: LOL, as they say online. You've just discovered a time warp, what happens when life itself changes but the words for it live on in everyday language. Think of “icebox” for the now-electric refrigerator; “glove compartment” for where you keep your GPS; “the hoover,” as the English still call all vacuum cleaners (it’s also a verb, as in to “hoover” the hall rug).
Once upon other more formal times, there was a space just off the entrance of grander homes in which the maid or butler invited guests to “withdraw” and wait till the mistress or master of the house could receive them. Hence, the “withdrawing room.”
In the passage of time and the evolution of customs, it morphed into the “drawing” room ... then disappeared, at least, for all practical purposes. Today, even the living room is endangered, threatened to near extinction by the burgeoning great room. Nowadays family members and good-friend guests alike are more apt to come in through the back door, casually eschewing the front.
Drawing rooms live on, however, in period English dramas and in present-day designer show houses, like the one you just toured. Could it be we both visited Blairsden, N.J, the site of this year’s Mansion in May fundraiser for the Morristown (New Jersey) Medical Center?
In that case, you encountered not just one but three “drawing rooms”: a large, grand formal room (made livable by designer Barbara Ostrom), a humongous (30-by-60-foot) grand salon in formal, contemporary black and white (by designer James Rixner), and the almost-cozy room we show here by designer Timothy G. Miller (timothyandassociatesinteriordesigns.com).
Miller thinks the room, located just inside the entry and paired with a guest bath, may have originally been intended as a place where women guests could freshen up after traveling the long, dusty roads to Blairsden. The majestic country estate, said to be one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the U.S., was built in the Somerset Hills just after the turn of the 20th century for the fabulously wealthy C. Ledyard Blair and his wife.
But it was not she who inspired the Miller team. It was Virginia Woolf, the English writer/feminist who so famously suggested that “ ... a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write.” Miller gave that imaginary woman an exquisite place to withdraw from the world, with an elegant writing desk, comfy furniture and ceiling painted with fluffy clouds. They float against a sky of “Radiant Orchid,” the Pantone Color of the Year 2014, which instantly fast-forwards the early-20th-century space into the 21st.
— Rose Bennett Gilbert, Creators Syndicate
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of “Manhattan Style” and six other books on interior design.